High Tide (August 1st 2015) – Daily political round up

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Resigning HKU council member feels impotent; SJ on threatened magistrate; CS to launch cleaning HK campaign (with Lau Kong-wah’s presence). Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Justice Department to probe alleged threat case against magistrate.
– Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said the Department of Justice was concerned about a statement by deputy magistrate Chan Pik-kiu claiming that he was threatened on several occasions after convicting three anti-parallel trader protesters
– Yuen said the Department of Justice had followed up the case with the Police and will take further action “should there be any conduct or comment which may have committed the offence of contempt of court or other criminal offences”
– Meanwhile, the Department of Justice was also appealing (ch) against a court decision of which lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (‘Long Hair’), who allegedly push a woman on her cheek when attending City Forum, was innocent

CS to launch territory-wide cleaning campaign.
– Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will host (ch) the launching ceremony of the ”Cleaning Hong Kong 2015@Hong Kong Our Home’ campaign with the presence of four ministers, namely Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for Development Paul Chan and the new Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah (nicknamed the Rubbish Bin)
– The pro-est DAB had launched its own campaign listing the black-spots for the authorities to follow up

Communication Authority turns down TVB’s proposal to gain spectrum from troubled ATV.
– The Communication Authority announced that it would not accede to the request of TVB for more spectrum from its troubled rival ATV
– The CA offered the spectrum to HK Television Entertainment under PCCW
– Meanwhile, the CA granted an extension to temporary assignment of additional transmission capacity to TVB while approving the relocation of its Pearl channel to be operated under the single frequency network (SFN) multiplex it is assigned
– It was reported that the currently suspended Sing Pao is eyeing a comeback (ch) on next Thursday

Political (General)

Resigning HKU councillor feels impotent over an increasingly politicised campus.
– Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, one of the most prominent medical academic in Hong Kong and a member of the HKU Council, quit the Council, saying that he was incapable of dealing with politics within the body
– Yuen was the second Council member who resigned after the last council meeting, after postgraduate representative Aloysius Arokiaraj
– Yuen said his resignation had little to do with the event, noting that the University’s operation has deteriorated over the past three years by political matters
– Yuen stressed that the students who stormed the meeting place should not be blamed, for “those in power also have the primary responsibility to face the dilemma and remove these injustices”
– Meanwhile, ten former presidents of the HKUSU issued a joint statementcondemning the Council and, in particular, former education minister Arthur Li
– It was read, “When a Council member could scurry behind the protection of the regime to evade being held accountable and lash back in an accusation of being the victim, the University Ordinance itself countenances the bane of eroding academic freedom.”

NPC chief consults scholars on repairing relationship with pan-democrats.
– Head of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang invited (ch) 12 scholars in Hong Kong to report to him the latest political development in the city and to suggest solutions to an increasingly bipolar society
– The scholars included Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies Vice-Chairman Lau Siu Kai, HKU economics Professor Richard Wong Yue-chim and Professor Sung Yun-Wing, Associate Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

260,000 new voters recorded, tripling figure in 2014.
– About 3.69 million registered voters are contained in the provisional register for geographical constituencies according to the Registration and Electoral Office, representing a net increase of about 182,000 voters compared to last year
– There were about 261,000 new registered voters, the figure last year was about 77,000
– Voters aging 18 to 20 increased by 5.1% while those aging 66 to 70 soared by 50% compared to the figures in 2014, reflecting the issue of an aging society

China & World

‘Occupy Education Ministry’ in Taiwan as students protest against pro-China history textbooks.
– More than 200 Taiwanese students stormed the Education Ministry in protest of changes to the history subject curriculum which they argued was promoting a pro-China view
– Hundreds of students were remaining outside the ministry